Our Programs


“Coming in Hot” Classes and Free Events
Artist-in-ATHICA Residency – July 2023
The Georgia Fine Arts Academy will be taking over ATHICA during the weeks of July 1-July 31, 2023.  Our energy and enthusiasm will be filling the space with workshops, presentations, performances, and more.  We have a long history of providing eclectic programming, professional development, and fun to our region, and we are in the midst of a renaissance fueled in part by UGA’s I-Corps innovation accelerator program.  We will be using our residency to demonstrate the range of offerings we will provide as we go forward, as a proof-of-concept and an invitation to old friends and new to take part in our collaborative and innovative vision that’s been going strong for over 40 years. 

According to our Creative Director Joy Ovington, “The Georgia Fine Arts Academy will be relaunching, recreating and remaking itself in July of 2023, with many thanks to the generosity of local arts mainstay, ATHICA.  We’ll be ‘coming in hot’ as we host our professional academy of instructors, sharing their collective decades of experience with the Athens community in Creative Writing, Theatre and Film Studies.”
Café Apollinaire
For over 16 years, this popular curated showcase has introduced Georgians to the brightest emerging stars in the region. Named for Guillaume Apollinaire, a poet, playwright and author, who encouraged artists by arranging their first exhibitions and performances during the Surrealist Movement in Paris. Café Apollinaire is held in the Ciné Lab in Athens, and a vibe is purveyed with tables arranged like the outdoor cafés of Paris, where artists gathered to discuss their art and new ideas.
The Art Spot Gallery in Atlanta

The Georgia Fine Arts Academy is the promoter of Emerging Artists Exhibitions in “The Art Spot Gallery” within the Peachtree Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System, directly across the street from the High Museum of Art. We founded The Art Spot Gallery in 2008. In the building the library occupies, there is also an architectural firm which has 220 architects and the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). In addition, patrons of the library provide additional exposure to artists’ exhibitions there. Featured here is an exhibition of Teddy Johnson’s work. Although the gallery is currently under renovation, watch this space for news on any future exhibitions at The Art Spot Gallery.
Classical Athens Institute

Classical Athens Institute is a plan born from the imagination of founder William Bray. He dreamed of turning Athens, Georgia into a virtual living museum of Classical Athenian Festivals, the first part of which was staging two of Plato’s Dialogues – First Alcibiades and Ion – on September 24, 2012 (the first time in 2,400 years Plato’s dialogues have been staged).
Academy Without Walls
Academy Without Walls is able to offer Classes, Roundtables, and Discussion Groups on relevant topics modeled after those held at Harvard University Institutes, as well as modeled after the tutorial method of Oxford University. Our mission would be to recreate and emulate Plato’s Academy in Athens, Georgia, which was named Athens by the visionary founders of the University of Georgia in 1785 with the intention that it would be like the Athens of Socrates and Plato in Ancient Greece.

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